Dubai claimed a narrow 9-8 victory over MB Polo and ran out the champions of the high goal Electrolit Gold Cup, following the championship match that took place on Saturday August 26, on Los Pinos ground 3, in Sotogrande. Although MB Polo – who returned to Sotogrande after a four years absence – had a better start, Dubai bounced back to outscore their opponents 3-0 in the fifth chukka and took the lead. MB Polo struggled in the last chukka, but Dubai managed to maintain the single goal gap, after the goals produced by Camilo Castagnola and Pablo MacDonough, that, at the end of the day, led them to win the coveted title. It is worth noting that Dubai not only Dubai won the high goal Gold Cup for the second consecutive year – they also claimed the same significant achievement back in 2016, as well.
A very moving moment took place by half time. Pelayo Berazadi, Nicolás Alvarez, Luis Domecq, Jaime Sierra and Nicolás Ruiz Guiñazu, the members of Spain’s national team who won the FIP World Cup that took place in the United States, were acknowledged by the spectators, and took the victory lap with the trophy.
Menawhile, Jeju claimed the low goal Electrolit Gold Cup, after defeating Essso 8-7, in extra chukka.
Antonio Sanz, Counselor of the Junta de Andalucía, presented the trophy to the winners of the high goal Electrolit Gold Cup.
The 52nd. International Polo Tournament Andalucía came to an end, and the winners have been the following:
ATL MARINE & ENERGY BRONZE CUP
HIGH GOAL: Sainte Mesme
MEDIUM GOAL: Amanara
LOW GOAL: Cotton House
TERRALPA SILVER CUP
HIGH GOAL: Park Place
MEDIUM GOAL: Almasanta
LOW GOAL: Águilas
ELECTROLIT GOLD CUP
HIGH GOAL: Dubai
MEDIUM GOAL: Brunei
LOW GOAL: Jeju Polo Team
ELECTROLIT GOLD CUP – SATURDAY AUGUST 26:
FINAL ELECTROLIT GOLD CUP: DUBAI 9-8 MB POLO
DUBAI: Camilo Castagnola 10 (7 goals), Rashid Albwardy 2, Bartolomé Castagnola Jr 9 (1), Rufino Laulhé 1 (1). Total: 22.
MB POLO: Mateen Bolkiah 0, Santos Merlos 4, Pablo Mac Donough 9 (4 goals), Facundo Pieres 9 (4). Total: 22.
Umpires: Esteban Ferrari & Federico Martelli. Third man: Guillermo Villanueva.
Score Dubai: 1-2, 2-5, 4-5, 5-7, 8-7, 9-8.
MVP: Camilo Castagnola. Presented by Oleksandra Povkh, Covap Representative.
BPP: Irenita Kiosquera. Player: Pablo Mac Donough. Presented María Cruz Conde.
Best Polo Argentino Bred (Presented by the Argentine Polo Pony Breeders Assn.): Machitos Lírica. Player: Bartolomé Castagnola Jr. Presented by Agustín Batiz, Electrolit Commercial Director.
Fair Play Award: Mateen Bolkiah. Presented by Oscar Ledesma, Mayor of San Roque.
Top scorer of the tournament: Camilo Castagnola, 32 goals.
FINAL COPA DE ORO ELECTROLIT: JEJU POLO TEAM 8-7 ESSSO
JEJU POLO TEAM: Marlon Vecinal 0, Danielle Lussi 0, Alejo Badano 3, Santiago Irastorza 5. Total: 8.
ESSSO: Ian Gallienne 0, Elliot Gallienne -1, Cristian Bernal 4, Javier Guerrero 5. Total: 8.
Umpires: Santos Anca & José Ignacio Araya. Third man: Martín Goti.
Score Jeju Polo Team: 3-1, 4-1, 5-4, 6-6, 7-7, 8-7.
MVP: Santiago Irastorza. Presented by Sea Loui Rinville, on behalf of Laboratorios Pisa, Electrolit manufacturer.
BPP: Doña Bambina. Player: Javier Guerrero. Presented by María Cruz Conde.
Fair Play Award: Ian Gallienne. Presented by Sea Loui Rinville, on behalf of Laboratorios Pisa, Electrolit manufacturer.
FINAL SOTOGRANDE CUP: COTTON HOUSE 8-7 SIGMA POLO TEAM
COTTON HOUSE: Luis Aznar 1, Cristóbal Méndez de Vigo 0, Benjamin Araya Jr 5, Jack Whitman 2. Total: 8.
SIGMA POLO TEAM: Carsten Ascheberg -1, Daniel Gariador 2, Alberto Farías 3, Tomas Iriarte 4. Total: 8.